Rules Of The House (Mac Barnett)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is Rules Of The House, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Matt Myers, a spooky lesson in the importance of knowing when to follow the rules and when to break them.

Ian loves to follow the rules. He is tidy, well-mannered, and always packs a toothbrush. His sister Jenny, on the other hand, thinks that rules are for toadies, and loves to break them, especially “Don’t pinch!” When the siblings arrive at a cabin in the woods, Ian is delighted to find a framed set of rules, the most mysterious of which is “4. Never open the red door.” Jenny, of course, immediately breaks all the rules, making Ian furious. But Ian isn’t the only one angry with Jenny’s misbehaving ways, and the siblings are about to find out why the cabin’s rules are so important- especially why you should NEVER open the red door!

This was a slightly strange, slightly scary, but ultimately quite fun “cabin in the woods” story for young readers, and we enjoyed it. Ultimately, Jenny does learn the lesson of rule-following (even if she does still pinch her brother, but now affectionately and not to hurt), and it’s nice that Ian learned a lesson to: namely, the importance of knowing when to break the rules, especially when protecting your slightly bratty big sister from being eaten by monsters. The art is fantastic, and really captures the gothic feel of story without ever being TOO scary. That being said, you might want to save this for slightly older readers, as some genuinely creepy monsters do threaten to eat the children. The length is great, and JJ enjoyed it. This would be great read for a camping trip or near Halloween, and we definitely recommend it for a fun and scary time. Baby Bookworm approved!

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